Journalist claims Conte target joined club on less money than Spurs offered

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Duncan Castles has claimed Adama Traore will be earning less money at Barcelona than he would have if he joined Tottenham. 

Traore was linked with a move to Tottenham throughout the transfer window after Antonio Conte allegedly named him as a prime target for his squad (Daily Mail). 

Spurs had a £15 million bid for the Spaniard turned down by Wolves but still had confidence that a deal would materialise ahead of the transfer deadline (Independent).

However, Spurs were eventually beaten to the punch by Barcelona, who acquired the 26-year-old on an initial loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the season (Sky Sports). 

The details behind the deal, according to Castles, sees Traore return to his boyhood club on a lower wage packet than what Spurs originally offered him. 

Castles told The Transfer Window podcast (03/02/22): “They failed on a midfielder that Conte wanted from Fiorentina, Sofyan Amrabat. 

“They failed on Adama Traore at right-wing-back, losing out to Barcelona who were offering a lower salary than Tottenham were offering.”

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This goes to show that money isn’t everything for some players, and there was always going to be one place Traore was going to go once Barcelona entered the frame. It’s tough considering Traore could have excelled at wing-back for Spurs, but this will be a transfer that the club needs to forget about. 

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